More students are applying for apprenticeships and more employers are looking for IT apprentices, according to the latest figures from QA Apprenticeships.
As A-Level students in the UK receive their exam results today, IT apprenticeships provider QA Apprenticeships said that there has been a 108 percent increase in demand for IT apprenticeships.
“It is clearer every year that young people leaving school or college are making more considered choices about their next career step, choosing a route that trains them specifically for a career in IT, built with their employer’s needs at its heart,” said Ben Pike, director of QA Apprenticeships.
Currently, the maximum fee that an English university can charge a home student is £9,000. This could explain the attraction of apprenticeships, which allow young people to learn on the job and get employed earlier, without being saddled by university debts.
QA Apprenticeships also said that there has been a 40 percent rise in the number of employers looking to hire IT apprentices.
The firm trained over 2,500 apprentices in 2013/14, and said its IT networking and software development attracted “significant interest” over non-IT programmes.
Josh Uwadiae, 20, a former QA Apprentice who is now an IT manager at logistics firm e.Courier.co.uk after two years of training, believes that practical training just as important as university education as a career path.
“At 18 I decided to do an IT apprenticeship with QA and within two years I have seen fantastic returns,” he said.
“A young person should be just as excited to do a top apprenticeship as being accepted by Oxford or Cambridge University.”
However, despite these figures, UCAS said that the number of students that have already been accepted onto UK undergraduate courses at university this year has gone up three percent to 396,990 students, compared with last year.
After the clearing process, it said that the number of students going to university could top 500,000 for the first time.
According to UCAS stats for the June deadline of university applications, 111,030 students applied to do a degree course in computer sciences, up 12 percent on last year, (99,060).
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